Rare Vintage Photos Capture Student Life at the World’s First Medical College for Women From the Late 19th Century

The Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, founded in 1850 as the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, was the first medical school in the world for women authorized to award them the M.D. It was established in Philadelphia by a group of progressive Quakers and a businessman who believed that women had a right to educationContinue reading “Rare Vintage Photos Capture Student Life at the World’s First Medical College for Women From the Late 19th Century”

Mugshots That Look Like Portraits: 44 Amazing Mid-Century Mugshots From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In 1855, Allan Pinkerton founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago and devised the first Rogues’ Gallery—a compilation of descriptions, methods of operation, hiding places, and names of criminals and their associates. The San Francisco Police Department may have started the practice about the same time. By 1858, New York City had a collectionContinue reading “Mugshots That Look Like Portraits: 44 Amazing Mid-Century Mugshots From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”

The Philadelphia Poison Ring – 21 Incredible Mugshots of Criminals in the Late 1930s

The Philadelphia Poison Ring was a murder for hire gang led by Italian immigrant cousins, Herman and Paul Petrillo who were involved in insurance scams, counterfeiting, and murder. The ring came to light in 1938 and the cousins were ultimately convicted of first degree murder and executed by electric chair in 1941. A Russian-Jewish immigrantContinue reading “The Philadelphia Poison Ring – 21 Incredible Mugshots of Criminals in the Late 1930s”